Book Review: Losing the Light by Andrea Dunlop


Title: Losing the Light
Author: Andrea Dunlop
Publisher: Washington Square Press
ISBN:  9781501109423


When thirty-year-old Brooke Thompson unexpectedly runs into a man from her past, she’s plunged headlong into memories she’s long tried to forget about the year she spent in France following a disastrous affair with a professor.

As a newly arrived exchange student in the picturesque city of Nantes, young Brooke develops a deep and complicated friendship with Sophie, a fellow American and stunning blonde, whose golden girl façade hides a precarious emotional fragility. Sophie and Brooke soon become inseparable and find themselves intoxicated by their new surroundings—and each other.

But their lives are forever changed when they meet a sly, stylish French student, Veronique, and her impossibly sexy older cousin, Alex. The cousins draw Sophie and Brooke into an irresistible world of art, money, decadence, and ultimately, a disastrous love triangle that consumes them both. And of the two of them, only one will make it home.

My Review:

I really enjoyed reading this book.  I think it is perfect for a book club; it even comes with questions and topics for discussion at the end of the book.  From the beginning, readers can predict how everything will turn out. More than ninety percents of the book is a flashback of that one year when Brooke was studying aboard in France, which makes the writing style very interesting.

My only complain is all the French phases.  Most of the conversations in the book are spoken in French except the conversations between Brooke and Sophie.  Thus,  everything is already been translated from French to English, then why all the random French words/phases.  Some of them are easy like oui or bonjour.  Other not so much, because of that I felt like I was missing some of the context.  However I did learn two French words:  foufoune and la bite.

I hope there will be a second book.  Since this book is only written from Brooke’s memory/point of view, I would like to know what Sophie was going through and thinking at the time.  Maybe even a different timeline: after France/Sophie’s death or after meeting with Alex again in the States, like Something Borrowed and Something Blue by Emily Giffin.

4 out of 5 stars

Received a free copy from BookSparks in exchange for an honest review.


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